One major consequence of Barack Obama's election: the Nobel Prize winning Dr. Steven Chu has been named Energy Secretary, and his recent Newsweek interview about energy savings and climate protection shows that the country now has a fully-engaged scientist in a most important job.
Consider this one small section of that interview. Said Chu:
"We now make refrigerators that are four times more energy-efficient than the refrigerators of 1975—for half the inflation-adjusted cost. The energy we save with these refrigerators is more than all of the wind and solar photovoltaic energy we produce in the United States today. Just refrigerators."